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Zenaida Yanowsky

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Zenaida Yanowsky in action.
Zenaida Yanowsky as the Wife in The Invitation, The Royal Ballet © 2016 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

Zenaida Yanowsky is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a First Artist in 1994 and was promoted to Soloist in 1996, First Soloist in 1999 and Principal in 2001.

Yanowsky was born in Lyon and raised in Spain. She trained with Anatol Yanowsky and Carmen Robles. After winning a silver medal at Varna in 1991 she joined Paris Opera Ballet. Further awards included gold medals at the 1993 European Young Dancers Competition and the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition. She has performed leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertories, and has created roles for and worked with choreographers including Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup, Christopher Bruce, Siobhan Davies, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Flemming Flindt, William Forsythe, Javier De Frutos, Jiří Kylián, Cathy Marston, Ashley Page, Alexei Ratmansky, Glen Tetley, Twyla Tharp, Will Tuckett and Christopher Wheeldon (including Mother/Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) and Paulina (The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet).

Yanowsky features in the short dance films Duet and The Sandman (Channel 4) and Riot at the Rite (BBC). She has collaborated with Tuckett to create work for the Whitechapel Gallery and Tate Modern. Her many awards include Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) at the 2016 National Dance Awards for Elizabeth.

Videos

News and features

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

The Royal Ballet honoured at the National Dance Awards 2017

6 February 2017

Winners include Francesca Hayward, Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky.

Watch: <em>Les Enfants Terribles</em> rehearsals and insights

Watch: Les Enfants Terribles rehearsals and insights

11 January 2017

Get an exclusive glimpse into choreographer Javier De Frutos's new production of Philip Glass's dance-opera.

Zenaida Yanowsky to retire from The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky to retire from The Royal Ballet

23 December 2016

Principal dancer to leave the Company after 22 years.

Photos

Zenaida Yanowsky photographed for What Lies Beneath

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Edward Watson as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet,

Zenaida Yanowsky as Manon in Kenneth Macmillan's Manon, The Royal Ballet,

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In The Night

Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo

Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand

Federico Bonelli as Armand, Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Reece Clarke and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for After the Rain, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Will Tuckett's Elizabeth

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Wife in The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta in Edwaard Liang's Sight Unseen

Vadim Muntagirov in 'Melancholic', The Four Temperaments, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky and Rupert Pennefather in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky, Will Tuckett and Nehemiah Kish in The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Marguerite and Armand

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Zenaida Yanowsky in Rubies as part of Jewels

Laura Caldow and Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet

Zenaida Yanowsky in Elizabeth, The Royal Ballet